Thai Watermelon Salad

I made this salad tonight for dinner! It is soooo the epitome of summer.

The salty sourness of the dressing is PERFECTLY balanced by the sweetness of the watermelon.

thai dressing

The crunch of the radishes and the peppery arugula add such a nice kick! The feta brings a nice bite & texture to the party and the rest is history.

I will make this at least a few more times before summer is over!

stir fest

It's health on a plate! Thanks to Jamie Oliver, I got a HUGE dose of fruits & veggies today. And it's husband approved, so what could be better?

a sea of cilantro

And look at all of those herbs! Your mouth will thank you. The aftertaste is overwhelmingly good. I am tempted NOT to have dessert tonight because I still have that minty-ness lingering... You think I can hold out? We'll see......

Thai Watermelon Salad

(recipe Jamie Oliver's Family Dinners)

1/4 of a watermelon
2 handfuls of fresh cilantro leaves
2 handfuls of arugula
2 handfuls of fresh mint leaves
1 small bunch of radishes, finely sliced
a handful of peanuts or sunflower seeds (i used sunflower)
4oz feta cheese

a thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 red, 1 yellow and 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
1 tablespoons soy sauce
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil
juice of 3 or 4 limes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Remove the skin from the watermelon and cut the flesh into small cubes, removing as many seeds as you can.

When you pick the cilantro leaves, remove the stringier part of the stalks but keep the finer ones, as they are nice to eat. Place in a bowl with the rocket, mint, watermelon and radishes. Put the ginger, chilli, soy sauce, olive oil and sesame oil into a smaller bowl and add just enough lime juice to cut through the oil--the number of limes you use will depend on how juicy they are. Season to taste and make sure the dressing is well balanced.

Place your peanuts or sunflower seeds in the oven or in a pan and warm through, then roughly pound them up in a pestle and mortar or in a metal bowl using the end of a rolling pin. Dress the salad really quickly. (You can use more dressing if you wish, but any left over is great to keep in the fridge to use the next day). Divide between the plates, sprinkle over the hot peanuts or sunflower seeds and crumble the feta cheese over the top.

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  • July 21, 2009

    this looks amazing!! i'm such a fan of sweet/salty salads. I'll have to make this once I put the kitchen in order - having just moved it's in a bit of a disarray.

  • July 21, 2009

    I have seen some recipes for salads with watermelon but haven't tried them - yours looks so good, Tracy!

  • July 21, 2009

    I am hooked on watermelon this summer (As usual). This sounds great- I had just been chopping up the melon and throwing in chopped basil and a little salt, but this could top that I think :)

  • July 21, 2009

    I love mixing radishes with sweet fruits, and watermelon is, as you point out, the height of summer food. Peppery, sweet, salty, crunchy - bring it on! Beautiful photos -- your site is aptly named.

  • May 13, 2010

    I'm planning a Thai evening and love the idea of this salad.
    Since Melon isn't available at the moment I'm looking for a substitution. As it is one of the main ingredients that could be a bit of a problem ;-) Any ideas? Just plain cucumber perhaps or grapefruit/orange?

    PS I love your site, everything is so beautiful. Your photo's are amazing. What camera do you use?
    And your little boy is such a cutie.

    • May 13, 2010

      hmmm...I think orange would be a good substitute or maybe some strawberries? Thank you! Thank you! I use a canon 40d :)

  • October 19, 2010

    Yum, yum, yum! Jamie's recipes are very good, aren't they? I want to make this particular one tonight (but I think I will make it later this wee because I don't have the time tonight.) It is very similar to a recipe that I made recently (Chile-Roasted Feta and Watermelon Slab - I think you should try it and let me know what you think. It's from a very popular vegetarian cookbook that I own!

    • October 19, 2010

      whoa! that looks BEAUTIFUL!! I will definitely check this out. I think watermelon is losing it's steam here. It's apple & pear season!!! But yes. I'll save it for later :) Cheers!

  • idea of watermelon and feta is irresistible.

  • August 8, 2013

    This was so delicious! I will definitely be making this again. Thanks for sharing :)

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